January 20

Reflection

Whatever He Says to Do, You Do It.
John 2:1-11

In the gospel narrative, Mary is the first person to show by her actions that the correct response to Jesus is to unconditionally trust in his word. We think of the Spirit that hovered over the waters and infused life. Jesus is the change agent that re-creates creation in God’s image changing the water of our lives into the new wine of commitment.  Empowered by the words of Jesus, we are transformed from unbelief into faith, apathy into life, indifference into love. We are changed into the wine that can nourish others.

Prayer

They have no wine.

Action

Look beneath the gospel story to the deeper meaning it holds. What can be changed into “good wine” in your own life.

Suggested Reading

And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine,
without knowing where it came from
— although the servers who had drawn the water knew —,
the headwaiter called the bridegroom and said to him,
“Everyone serves good wine first,
and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one;
but you have kept the good wine until now.”
Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs at Cana in Galilee
and so revealed his glory,
and his disciples began to believe in him.
John 2: 1 -11

There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.
Blaise Pascal

To turn water into wine and what is common into what is holy, is indeed the glory of Christianity.
Frederick William Robertson

It is not necessary that we should be able to tell where or how we have been converted, but it is important that we should be able to tell that we are converted.
Dwight L. Moody

I came to my Christian faith later in life and it was because the precepts of Jesus Christ spoke to me in terms of the kind of life that I would want to lead.
Barack Obama

We must not sit still and look for miracles; up and doing, and the Lord will be with thee. Prayer and pains, through faith in Christ Jesus, will do anything.
George Eliot

Social responsibility becomes an aspect not of Christian mission only, but also of Christian conversion. It is impossible to be truly converted to God without being thereby converted to our neighbor.
John Stott

Conversion is a turning onto the right road. The next thing to do is to walk on it.
Charles Spurgeon

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